Japantown (San Jose), San Jose

Japantown is a neighborhood in the Western Addition district of San Francisco, California.Japan town comprises about six city blocks, and it's considered one of San Francisco's largest and oldest ethnic enclave in the United States.LocationThe main thoroughfare is Post Street, between Fillmore Street (to the west) and Laguna Street (to the east). The Japantown neighborhood is generally considered to be bordered on the north by Bush or Pine Street, and on the south by Geary Boulevard.Its focal point is the Japan Center, which opened in 1968, and is the site of three Japanese-oriented shopping centers. The Peace Pagoda, also at the Japan Center, is a five-tiered concrete stupa designed by Japanese architect Yoshiro Taniguchi and presented to San Francisco by the people of Osaka, Japan.HistoryBuilt and settled as part of the Western Addition neighborhood in the 19th and early 20th century, Japanese immigrants began moving into the area following the 1906 earthquake. (Before 1906, San Francisco had two Japantowns, one on the outskirts of Chinatown, the other in the South of Market area. After 1906, San Francisco's main Japantown was in the Western Addition, with a smaller one in the South Park area.) By World War II, the neighborhood was one of the largest such enclaves of Japanese outside Japan, as it took an appearance similar to the Ginza district in Tokyo.
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  • I have a love for Japanse culture, my mom was Japanse. So I really like coming here. It's not very big but has pretty much all you need. A few markets, restaurants and lots of little shops full of art...  more »
  • Lots of small restaurants and Japanese shops and grocery store; take a nice walk for two blocks and discover a special part of San Jose  more »
  • It is also popular with expatriates in Japan come here just like local people so far. Noting a parking space because it gets crowded at dinner time
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